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Old 04-07-2018, 08:12 AM
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Question When to do an oil change?

Hi guys, I drive my 72 280SE 4.5 around 3,000 per year. It is garaged when not in use. How often should I do an oil change?
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:23 AM
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I'd do twice per year especially if short trips are involved, trying to time one change before long term storage if that applies. Some will say once a year is enough but the fuel management system on older cars wasn't as dialed in as today's cars leading to oil needing more frequent changes.

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Old 04-08-2018, 10:15 AM
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Annually, preferably just before storage.
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Old 04-08-2018, 05:00 PM
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As post 2 states, older stuff has poor fuel control and need more frequent oil changes.

Given you are in FL, do you park the car in the " winter " months? Changing oil before storage prevents acidic oil from attacking bearings and metal parts.

Once a year / 3 k miles should be enough. I'd pull an oil sample at 6 months / 1,500 miles and have it tested then decide if annually or 6 mo is the best time to change.

In any event, be sure to drive the car to full operating temp ( like 15 minutes minimum ) not just start car and idle it in the garage as not getting up to temp causes more damage than letting it sit.
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:33 AM
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No specific time involved . The more oil changes you do, the better it is for your engine .I do mine every 6 months this is the norm for most owners .
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:03 AM
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You could drive your car more, then the extra oil changes would be warranted.

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